A female Orange-Tip butterfly, egg-laying on the buds of a Garlic Mustard plant at Happy Bottom NR back on 16/04/2017.
A female Orange-Tip photographed in the mating refusal posture at the RSPB’s Arne Nature Reserve on 22/04/2017.
Lynda was also lucky enough to photograph this Orange-Tip egg a couple of days later on this Lady’s Smock flower at a different location.
Dave took both these shots at Melbury Down on 07/04/2017. He reports that there were two Green Hairstreaks, both holding a territory. The Green Hairstreak is the only green butterfly in Britain, so you cannot mistake it, but it’s not around for very long.
“Spring has well and truly sprung” at Motcombe Meadows where Mark Pike photograph these two male Orange-Tip butterflies on 06/04/2017.
A glorious image of three Orange-Tip butterflies, a a persistent male interrupting an already mating pair. Photographed at Pamphill near Wimborne by Elaine Conlon on 07/04/2017.
A mating pair of Orange-Tip butterflies, photographed at Pamphill near Wimborne by Elaine Conlon on 07/04/2017.
Mel tells us he stook up to his knees in nettles for twenty minutes before the butterfly settled more or less where he thought it would – that’s dedication for you! Taken by the River Stour at Throop.
Lyn cannot remember when she took this, but it’s such a great shot, we decided to put it up anyway. Catching the eye of the butterfly peeking through the bluebell petals was just brilliant!
James says: “Walking down from the Ridgeway towards Nether Cerne I spotted this elusive female Orange Tip in a field of rape [2 June]”. It’s great to be able to see both the upper wing and the underwing patterning in one shot.
This totally surreal photo of an Orange Tip being eaten by a crab spider was taken at Stubhampton Bottom on 16 May. In case you are struggling to make out what’s what – have a look at the photo below. Well done to Ann and Gordon for spotting it!